The power of visual interaction is paramount in retaining our mental resilience during this moment in humanity.LISTEN TO PODCAST
South Africa continues to impress me in its response to the Coronavirus pandemicLISTEN TO PODCAST
The response to COVID-19 has been national, whereas the lessons we will be taught by it will make us more global.LISTEN TO PODCAST
Confusing messages from varying cabinet members and departments on the rules and responses to COVID-19 are contributing to anxiety, panic, binge buying and unraveling the positive, definitive call for action we got from the President at the beginning of the week.LISTEN TO PODCAST
We extend a great deal of time and empathy to workers and small business owners during periods of economic uncertainty, often with the assumption that medium-to-large business owners are well-to-do enough not to deserve consideration. Edcon CEO Grant Pattison’s emotional reaction to the dire conditions facing his business and suppliers highlights the degree of pressure all managers are under in times like this; and reminds us that they, too, are only humanLISTEN TO PODCAST
A government mandated shutdown of events means a government mandated shutdown of earnings for a significant portion of our workforce. We need a solution to this, for the artists. The answers are not forthcoming, quickly enough.LISTEN TO PODCAST
I feel quite strongly that the rollercoaster of emotions will be severe in this 21-day lockdown, and even more intensified by physical isolation. Ahead of the announcement I was whiplashed by rage – it was important to embrace it, and I was lucky to have a loving sounding board to help me power through.LISTEN TO PODCAST
A disturbing number of false and misinforming posts on social media have gained momentum over the weekend, spurred by the credibility being claimed by the sender due to their proximity to an expert, a ministerial decision-maker, or senior business participant.
This is not only illegal, it is dangerous: ensure you are well-informed independently so you can debunk theories from people who claim medicinal expertise through that one “doctor friend”.
The arts, entertainment (including sport) and hospitality industries - and every related portion of the #GigEconomy face a mammoth uphill battle in the coming months.
Monetary policy relief is welcomed. And fiscal relief may be hoped for - but near-impossible.
It will take a broader effort from across the entire economy to at least keep these critical industry participants - often relied upon to support the broader economy for “exposure” and with limited collective bargaining protection - afloat.
And #IFeelQuiteStronglyAboutThis... that begins with #Empathy.
As the Travel Ban takes effect this morning, the reality of restrictions for those who are unprepared will heighten anxiety and panic from the markets to the high street. Your best defence is to track reputable information – regularly, to follow the government’s prohibitions closely, and to remain calm.LISTEN TO PODCAST